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Real Talk: What Does It Take To Do Impact-First Investing

Sandhya Nakhasi July 6, 2022

On the continuum from traditional investing to philanthropy, many tools for ESG/SRI investing exist, but impact-first investing infrastructure is just now emerging. If you are intrigued by impact-first investment, but are still unsure HOW to get started – this is the workshop for you. Learn together with three organizations at the cutting edge of structuring and facilitating impact-first investments: Mission Driven Finance, Community Credit Lab, and Possibility Labs. In this workshop, we will share impact-first investing strategies like community decision-making, non-extractive financing, and integrated capital investing – that can create a more equitable, sustainable and just economy. You will walk away with the practical knowledge and tools to begin deploying and/or raising this type of capital.



Meta Themes

  • Power and Capital


Impact-First Investing, Community-Led Investing, Catalytic Capital, New Economic Models, Non-Extractive Finance, Restorative Economics Infrastructure

Purpose and Desired Outcome

Impact investors and those seeking non-traditional investments become excited about impact-first investment. Participants are empowered with basic tools and knowledge to start making or raising these types of investments. There is an increased focus on the need for impact-first funding to shift how our economy values people and the planet, creating models that can eventually become viable for wider investment.


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Asset Managers

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Corporate & SME

  • Entrepreneurs


  • NameLauren Grattan
  • TitleCo-Founder & Chief Community Officer
  • OrganizationMission Driven Finance
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameLem White
  • TitleCo-CEO
  • OrganizationPossibility Labs
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameSandhya Nakhasi
  • TitleExecutive Director
  • OrganizationCommunity Credit Lab
  • StatusConfirmed
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